Quilts and More Summer 2017

Quilts and More promises simple, fresh, and fun projects. Make easy quilts, bags, pillows, and pincushions using clearly written instructions.Every digital issue includes the pattern pieces found in the corresponding print version. To access pattern pieces, simply click on the underlined text in Cut Fabrics sections.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Do you sew in the summer? Are there activities like gardening and baseball games that invite you outdoors? Picnics in the park, a trip to an amusement park, or even a nap in a hammock—I didn’t know until recently that was so popular—all vie for our creative time during extended daylight hours. With a busy summer schedule, I find myself looking for smaller sewing projects and on-the-go-handwork. I save time by using kits and precut bundles (see more about common sizes, right) so I can get right to the fun part—creating, making, and sewing. Starting with precut pieces gives you an instant assortment of fabrics that have been curated by a designer and look terrific together. If you are a beginning quilter and sometimes have difficulty selecting colors or fabrics, precut…

1 min
guide to precuts

Perhaps the most popular of all precuts, fat quarters are a staple on quilt shop shelves and in the fabric stashes of many quilters. The shape of a fat quarter—an 18×21" rectangle— allows for cutting larger pieces than a traditional 9×42" strip, or 1⁄4 yard, accommodates. Precut strips offer an easy and economical way to buy a little bit of every fabric in a collection. Strips are cut across the width of fabric and are packaged in various ways. Precut squares can yield spectacular results in any of their available sizes: 10", 5", or 2 1⁄2" pieces. For accuracy, be sure to measure your pieces to determine if the stated size includes the pinked edges.…

1 min
social life

fat quarter-friendly projects Fat quarters are fun to collect—and even more fun to use in quilts! Get free quilt patterns at AllPeopleQuilt.com/419. Love red, white, and blue? Showcase them in patriotic quilts! Get free patterns at AllPeopleQuilt.com/420. 72% The percentage of our Facebook fans who say fat quarters are their favorite precut! HOT quilts Turn your home into a summer oasis with free quilt patterns at AllPeopleQuilt .com/421. WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS WHAT COLOR COMBOS THEY LOVE. THEY SAID: “I’m an earth-tone gal: green and brown!” —Karen N. “Blue and yellow.” —Linda V. “Purple and lime green.” —Regina M. “Gray and black with a touch of aqua.” —Beverly H. connect with us facebook.com/quiltsandmore instagram.com/allpeoplequilt pinterest.com/apqmagazine AllPeopleQuilt.com/podcast twitter.com/quiltsandmore…

1 min
stuff we love

Cotton+Steel Th read by Sulky is 50-weight, 100% cotton thread that comes in one hundred vibrant colors—perfect for coordinating with any project, especially those using Cotton+Steel’s unique fabric lines. The thread comes in multicolor spools with 12 different labels for a playful approach to sewing. $8.99; sulky.com for retailers Available in three sizes, Binding Babies are the cutest accessories for your sewing space. The three sizes are perfect for holding everything from embroidery floss and ribbon to multiple lengths of binding. $12.95 (mini), $15.95 (medium), $18.95 (large); doohikeydesigns.com HeatnBond Soft Stretch Lite is a sewable, lightweight iron-on fusible specially designed for stretch fabric like knits, jersey, fleece, and flannel. The fusible maintains a strong bond while adding no bulk or stiff ness after fusing. $7.49 for a 17"-wide by 2-yard roll; thermowebonline.com Jolly…

1 min
good reads

SEW CHARMING Grab your collection of precut 5" charm squares to create scrappy-looking projects easily. Lucky Charm Quilts, a compilation book, features 17 patterns, ranging from table runners to throw quilts, by Moda’s top designers. Each designer provides tips and tricks for working with this popular precut. $24.99; Martingale; shopmartingale.com PRECUT PERFECT Designed to work with Fat Quarter Shop’s precut bundles called Jolly Bars, above, The Jolly Bar Book features 20 fast and fun patterns. In a variety of sizes and designs, all quilts use a Jolly Bar bundle, with some projects calling for additional precut 5" or 10" squares, making this the perfect book for precut collectors. $9.98; Fat Quarter Shop; fatquartershop.com UNTIE YOUR BUNDLE Do you buy fat quarter bundles and then leave them displayed on your shelf instead of using them? Never…

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now trending:

STATE PRIDE Show love for your state or city with patterns and fabrics that feel like home. Customize decor with designs that showcase state icons. Or use fabrics to make patriotic decor or highlight vacation memories. Use Shannon Brinkley’s fun scrappy appliqué technique to craft popular cityscapes. Each pattern comes with how-tos on her technique, as well as instructions. Buy a set of six city patterns, above right, or purchase digital patterns of more than 60 individual cities. $15.97 (printed pattern featuring six cities) or $8 (digital pattern for single city); shannon-brinkley.com Coast to Coast collection by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics (windhamfabrics.com) American Homecoming collection (above right) by Hoff man California Fabrics (hoffmanfabrics.com) and the Freedom collection (below right) by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (modafabrics.com) Feature shapes, names, iconic motifs, college pennants, and more…